In the first half, Said Benrahma’s weak shot from outside the box found its way past David de Gea, who failed to make the routine save despite getting a hand to it.
Manchester United, who lost their previous game against Brighton and were only one point ahead of Liverpool in fifth place, were in control before De Gea’s mistake but struggled to regain the momentum.
West Ham, on the other hand, dominated the second half and could have scored more goals.
Just before half-time, West Ham were denied a clear penalty when Victor Lindelof handled the ball, but neither the on-pitch referee nor the VAR intervened.
Nevertheless, West Ham managed to hold on to their lead and secure the much-needed three points, taking them to 37 points and easing their relegation concerns at 15th place.
Manchester United still have a game in hand over Liverpool, but their inconsistent form has made the top-four race more competitive.
Despite feeling hard done by some refereeing decisions, David Moyes’ team managed to secure a crucial win, while Manchester United now have a slender one-point lead over Liverpool with a game in hand.
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West Ham’s next match is at home against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa Conference League semi-final first leg on Thursday at 8pm.
They will then travel to Brentford for a Premier League match on Sunday May 14 at 2pm.
After that, they have an away game against AZ Alkmaar on May 18, a home game against Leeds on May 21 at 1:30pm, and an away game against Leicester City on May 28 at 4:30pm.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have four more games to secure a spot in the top four.
They will play Wolves at home on May 13 at 3pm, followed by an away game against Bournemouth on May 20 at 3pm.
Their next game is a home match against Chelsea on May 25 at 8pm, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Finally, they will play their last game of the Premier League season at home against Fulham on May 28 at 4:30pm.
Additionally, they will compete against Manchester City in the FA Cup final on June 3 at 3pm.